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Title: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: carly on 30-Sep-15, 09:43:49 am
The Toronto Zoo
 
On May 14, giant panda Er Shun underwent two non-surgical artificial insemination procedures as part of the Giant Panda Conservation Breeding Program. On September 25, Zoo experts and a vet from Ontario Veterinary College detected a fetal heartbeat (top). Then on September 29, another ultrasound was performed and we captured an image of a possible SECOND panda fetus (bottom).  :yahoo:

While this is very exciting news, we remain cautiously hopeful as the next three weeks are critical. Zoo staff and panda experts will continue to monitor Er Shun and we will provide you exclusive updates on Twitter, @TheTorontoZoo. We are excited for you to join us on this incredible journey ‪#‎TOpandawatch‬.
You can view Er Shun’s ultrasound at http://youtu.be/XgTm5HIDZ0M.


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 30-Sep-15, 11:03:37 am
Wonderful news, Carly!  Hoping all goes well!   :panda:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Tapper Gal on 02-Oct-15, 10:32:29 pm
Keeping my fingers crossed.  :clap:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: carly on 13-Oct-15, 08:03:22 am
Nothing yet from our media but China is reporting Er Shun gave birth to twins at 3.30 am and they posted some photos on FB!  A keeper from China is here attending to the cubs.

Stay tuned....



Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: carly on 13-Oct-15, 08:31:47 am
Toronto Zoo posting on Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/TheTorontoZoo?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (https://twitter.com/TheTorontoZoo?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

Mom and two cubs all appear to be doing well, the cubs weigh 187.7 grams and 115 grams. #TOpandacubs


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 13-Oct-15, 09:31:09 am
Congrats, Carly..fun times ahead!  :panda: :panda:

http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY (http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY)


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 13-Oct-15, 09:40:34 am
Toronto Zoo press release


First Giant Panda Cubs Born in Canada
Historic Moment for Toronto Zoo

Toronto, ON, Tuesday, October 13, 2015: The Toronto Zoo announced a Canadian first today with the birth of two giant panda cubs.  Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to her first cub at 3:31 a.m. and the second cub was born at 3:44 a.m.

Er Shun is demonstrating excellent maternal instincts and began cleaning and cradling the first cub soon after its birth. Immediately following the birth of the second cub, Toronto Zoo staff from the Wildlife Health Centre, Wildlife Care and two giant panda experts from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, retrieved the cub to initiate the Toronto Zoo's Giant Panda Twin Hand-Rearing Protocol. The cub was then placed in an incubator in the maternity area of the giant panda house, and approximately two hours after its birth the second cub was twin-swapped so it could begin the bonding process with Er Shun. The first cub weighed 187.7 grams at birth and the second cub weighed 115 grams. While this is wonderful news, the tiny cubs are very vulnerable at this size, so the next several hours and days will be critical to their survival.   

The cubs will remain in the maternity area of the giant panda house for several months. As the maternity area of the giant panda house is not visible to the public, Toronto Zoo staff will endeavor to provide regular updates on their progress.

At this time Zoo staff do not know the sex of the cubs and have not confirmed which panda is the father. It may be several months before we are able to determine the sex and paternity of the cubs.

“We are so proud to be contributing to the ongoing survival of this endangered species. The Toronto Zoo has been a leader through its unique and successful reproductive programs and these historical births are a testament to the commitment and passion of theprofessionalstaff who work tirelessly every day to ensure the ongoing survival of so many species,” said John Tracogna, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Zoo.

“On behalf of the Toronto Zoo Board of Management we are proud of all staff at the Zoo who have helped bring this vision to a reality,” said Councillor Raymond Cho, Chair. "Our researchers, veterinarians, and wildlife care staff are some of the best in the world, and we are grateful to the People’s Republic of China for entrusting these endangered animals to us. We look forward to sharing our learnings with scientists around the world in the hope this will help us save this endangered species," he added.

Giant panda cubs are born blind and weigh only 0.08 to 0.2 kilograms, and are about the size of a stick of butter. They are pink in colour, with short sparse white hair, and are 1/900th the size of their mother, one of the smallest newborn mammals relative to its mother’s size.

The Toronto Zoo has been working with many key partners who have played such important roles in this conservation success story and we are grateful for their continued support.

Currently on loan as part of a long-term conservation breeding program, both giant pandas are at the Toronto Zoo until 2018. The giant pandas will relocate to the Calgary Zoo in 2018. 


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: patsy6 on 13-Oct-15, 09:48:25 am
YAY!!   :bow: :bow: :clap: :clap: :clap:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Dumpsterkitty on 13-Oct-15, 10:41:22 am
Most excellent news!


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Donna on 13-Oct-15, 07:42:11 pm
http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY (http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY)

OMG, listen to that new cub!! :o :heart:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: MAK on 13-Oct-15, 09:45:47 pm
http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY (http://youtu.be/sFiBhBgzPtY)

OMG, listen to that new cub!! :o :heart:

Wow it's got a good set of lungs for sure!!  :happy:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Donna on 15-Oct-15, 01:45:27 pm
#‎CUBUPDATE‬: The giant panda team continues to closely monitor the two cubs and Er Shun around the clock. With the assistance of two giant panda experts from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, the team continues to twin-swap the cubs. This not only enables Er Shun to nurse and bond with each cub, but also provides the Zoo's Wildlife Health Centre and Wildlife Care staff with the opportunity to weigh each cub and conduct regular health checks.
While there has been some weight fluctuations with both cubs, which is very common with newborns, both of them are currently stable. Yesterday, the cubs were observed nursing from Er Shun and if the team notices that one or both of the cubs are not suckling from her, the team is able to collect milk from Er Shun and give it to the cubs extremely carefully, by bottle.
We continue to communicate with our colleagues around the globe, who have been fortunate enough to have giant panda cubs, to share insights and best practices. We want to thank everyone for the ongoing support and encouragement during this critical time. We will continue to update you as information becomes available as the team continues to be very focused on the health and wellbeing of the cubs and Er Shun.

(http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r32/djweeds/10-15%20Buds_zpsnyxdjaft.jpg) (http://s140.photobucket.com/user/djweeds/media/10-15%20Buds_zpsnyxdjaft.jpg.html) best buds

(http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r32/djweeds/10-15%20Baby_zpszumpcrm9.jpg) (http://s140.photobucket.com/user/djweeds/media/10-15%20Baby_zpszumpcrm9.jpg.html)  :heart:







Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: MAK on 15-Oct-15, 05:53:26 pm
They seem too underdeveloped to be out of the womb.  :surprise:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Dumpsterkitty on 15-Oct-15, 06:50:11 pm
They seem too underdeveloped to be out of the womb.  :surprise:

It's mind-boggling that any of them survive!


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: MAK on 15-Oct-15, 08:34:04 pm
They seem too underdeveloped to be out of the womb.  :surprise:

It's mind-boggling that any of them survive!

It really is!  :yes:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: patsy6 on 19-Oct-15, 01:19:26 pm
More cute photos were posted yesterday at http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs/?pg=Photos (http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs/?pg=Photos)


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Dumpsterkitty on 19-Oct-15, 02:02:10 pm
More cute photos were posted yesterday at http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs/?pg=Photos (http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs/?pg=Photos)

AWWW!!!!!!! :wub: :wub:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Donna on 21-Oct-15, 07:13:50 am
http://youtu.be/hdvJkIpAk40 (http://youtu.be/hdvJkIpAk40)

‪#‎CUBUPDATE‬ With the arrival of our newborn giant panda cubs, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids Foundation) generously donated an incubator to the Zoo's Wildlife Health Centre to care for the cubs.

"The incubator is a critical piece of equipment that is being used by the giant panda team to give both cubs the best chances for survival," said Dr. Chris Dutton, Head of Veterinary Services at the Toronto Zoo. "I would like to express particular thanks to Dr. Peter Cox and Mr. Navtej Virdi of Sick Kids Hospital for arranging this important contribution."
Every few hours the cubs are twin-swapped so each cub has an opportunity to bond with mom, Er Shun. When one cub is with mom, the other cub is in this incubator where it can be closely monitored and given regular health checks.


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Donna on 23-Oct-15, 12:03:33 pm
(http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r32/djweeds/10-23%20Panda%20twins_zpss6czeqwf.jpg) (http://s140.photobucket.com/user/djweeds/media/10-23%20Panda%20twins_zpss6czeqwf.jpg.html)

Getting big!!  :heart: :heart:

Our cubs are starting to look like giant pandas!
Both cubs are starting to develop very visible black and white markings with black pigment coming in on the saddle of their shoulders, around their eyes and on their ears. Er Shun has been a great mom and the cubs are doing well, but will continue to be very vulnerable for several more weeks. Both cubs and mom are in the maternity area of the giant panda house not viewable by public, but we will continue sharing regular updates, photos and videos. ‪#‎TOpandacubs‬


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 15-Nov-15, 07:25:39 pm
Growing!

http://www.citynews.ca/2015/11/13/toronto-zoos-baby-pandas-look-like-pandas-now/ (http://www.citynews.ca/2015/11/13/toronto-zoos-baby-pandas-look-like-pandas-now/)


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: carla on 16-Nov-15, 05:41:54 am
Great , they are doing so well . :panda: :panda: :good post:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 20-Jan-16, 11:37:29 am
Twins first 100 days!

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y67k1T2YP4&sns=em#)


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Tapper Gal on 20-Jan-16, 05:28:06 pm
Wonderful to view these videos of the babies.Thanks so much,good luck to them and mama!!!  goodnews: :b :clap:day:


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Kris G. on 15-Feb-16, 09:23:35 am
Twins are 4 months old and walking!   :panda: :panda:

http://youtu.be/xiu4XDoh50M (http://youtu.be/xiu4XDoh50M)


Title: Re: Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo
Post by: Dot_Forrester on 15-Feb-16, 10:56:03 am
 :wub: That's great to see! Hard to believe they were once so very tiny.

Dot in PA